|Birth: ||Mar. 16, 1775|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||May 22, 1861|
Born in NC, probably Guilford Co. Confusion exists as to his marriage(s). From Samples family records, it is stated that Jesse Fincher (1775-1861) married _____ Couch from the Carolinas. From Joseph Fincher Family Record from 1802, comes the statement, "Jesse Fincher, Cumming, Forsyth CO., GA., married a Cheraw Indian." Also, "Everyone in the family knew that Jesse Fincher was the brother of Elias and Billy, but he was estranged from the family; that he 'went off to himself' when he married that Cheraw Indian." A deed dated Sept. 28, 1805, in Mecklenburg Co., NC is signed by Jesse and Elizabeth Fincher.
It seems established by the Jesse Fincher family that he married Nancy Elizabeth Fowler, but it is not known whether this was his 1st, 2nd, or only marriage. Nancy Elizabeth Fowler had twin brothers, John and Archibald Fowler, both found in the 1820 census of Greenville Co., SC. One of the brothers went south and the other went west with the Indians.
The 1840 census of Forsyth Co., GA shows us that Jesse Fincher had a female born between 1780 and 1790 living in his household, but her name is not given. Presumably, this was his wife, Nancy Elizabeth. By 1850, Jesse was living with one of his married daughters, so it appears that his wife must have died between 1840 and 1850. No record of her death has been found, and no tombstone. We have been told by a descendant that she had been taken to a cemetery to see the tombstone of the Indian wife, but that it had "disappeared". She believes that Jesse married 1st wife _____ Couch, a Cheraw Indian, and had several children; married 2nd, Nancy Elizabeth Fowler.
Another theory is that Jesse had a son named Jesse, who married a Cheraw Indian and became estranged from the family. No son of Jesse has been located among the various records pertaining to Jesse and his children, but, from census records, he does appear to have had one or two sons who have not been accounted for. Of course, they may have died young.
And so, the puzzle remains unsolved.
Jesse Fincher remained in NC after his father, Richard, removed to Greenville Co., SC between 1797 and 1800, for he is found enumerated in the 1800 census of Mecklenburg Co., NC. By 1810, however, he had joined his father in SC, probably arriving there ca 1805 or 1806, and he was still there in 1820. It has not been definitely established when he left SC and moved to GA; he has not been located i the 1830 census. Some of his children are found in the Gwinnett Co., GA in 1830, and Jesse was there by 1832. He is listed in both the 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery and the 1832 Gold Lottery, residing in Gwinnett Co., GA. By 1840, he was living in the Cumming District of Forsyth Co., GA, where he remained until his death.
NOTE: In order to be eligible to draw in the 1832 Lotteries, a person was required to have been a resident in GA for at least three years. This would indicate that that Jesse Fincher must have been in GA at least by 1829, probably living in the home of a married daughter at the time of the 1830 census.
Nancy Fincher Tate (1797 - 1887)*
Elias Fincher (1800 - 1881)*
Joseph Fincher (1802 - 1885)*
Phebe Fincher Samples (1810 - 1901)*
Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery
Created by: John Fincher
Record added: Feb 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34185862